Messi excluded from the candidates for the Ballon d’Or, for the first time since 2006

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LionelMessi. Photo: PanoramiC/Legion-Media.

The Argentine Lionel Messi for the first time since 2006 was not included in the list of the 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or award.awarded by France Football magazine to the best footballer in the world, reported the sports newspaper L’Equipe.

In this edition, among the favorites to obtain the prized distinction are the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), the French Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) and sebastien haller (Borussia Dortmund), the Croatian Luka modric (Real Madrid), the Dutch Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) and the Brazilian Casemiro (Real Madrid), among others.

according to the medium, for the first time since 2004 Argentina, Spain and Italy do not have any representative among the candidates to receive the award.

In addition to awarding the Ballon d’Or, the organizers will award the Yashin Trophy to the best goalkeepers and the Kopa Trophy to the young promises of world football. The award ceremony will be held on October 17 in Paris.

Messi, who currently plays for PSG, has been the winner of the Ballon d’Or seven times. The first was obtained in 2009, while the last was awarded to him in 2021, when he outpointed Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk. In 2006, the Argentine was nominated for the award for the first time, shortly after making his professional debut with Barcelona.

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